Note to listeners: This is an unofficial summary of Jay Shetty’s book, designed to enrich your reading/ listening experience.
Think like a Monk by Jay Shetty is for you, the busy people, who want to keep the accelerated rhythm of your lives as it is, but at the same time, want to add to it calmness, serenity, focus, creativity, efficiency, productivity, happiness, and fulfillment.
This modern life is like a treadmill. There is always a rush, always an agitation, always searching for something to make you feel happier. You are in a constant race to achieve, thinking that this is how you will feel happy and fulfilled. But you’re wrong. Your achievements and relationships would be greater if you were present in what they do, not if you were doing more and grabbing more.
You are overthinking, overreacting, overanalyzing, overstressing, and overdoing every little thing. Everything seems too much to manage, to cope with, and you struggle to find peace, to become centered, to be yourself.
Your life at home and work has overwhelmed you: meetings after meetings, deadlines, demanding bosses or managers, challenging colleagues, long after-work or after-school hours, projects, errands, social events, cooking, cleaning, irritated partner, colds, flus, back pain, stomachaches, headaches, never fulfilled to-do lists, plans, schedules. You wake up, ride the treadmill, go to sleep, wake up again, and do it all over again.